That's right, Brokeback Mountain has made homophobe-chic cool again. According to a report in USA Today, it is okay to laugh at gays again, and again, and again. Oh come on, as if any of us ever stopped making fudge-packing jokes after junior high. Heck, even GLAAD says it's OK again:
Yet, for the most part, Brokeback's rise as a rich source of hilarity has been a positive sign, according to Neil Guiliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. "When a person or a piece of artistic work reaches a certain level of acceptability, it's OK to joke about it. The whole buzz is this is a great movie."
So go on. Make the best cowboy joke you can in mixed company. It's OK. Really, we promise. (Unless you manage to offend us. Then we will scream like the queens we are.)